St. Paul Drops Parking Meter Proposal On Grand Avenue

Dave Thune of the St. Paul city council believes "the meters just are not a good idea anymore" and will move to drop the proposal.
St. Paul Drops Parking Meter Proposal On Grand Avenue

The proposal to install parking meters along St. Paul's Grand Avenue is being dropped, according to a report by the Star Tribune.

Dave Thune, a city council member and representative of the St. Paul's Ward 2 commercial district, said he would no longer back the proposal. Following the community's resistance to the proposal over the past few months, Thune has gone on record to say he believes “the meters just are not a good idea anymore.”

Jon Perrone, the executive director for the Grand Avenue Business Association (GABA), was elated by the news. “We are extremely happy that our city leaders listened,” he said. “It shows the residents that their voices matter.”

Perrone added that GABA had a meeting scheduled for Thursday night and that he was looking forward to sharing the news with the organization's members. Despite GABA and Grand Avenue residents finding success in their opposition to the pay meter proposal, Perrone said that work is far from over. “Now our next step is going to be working with the Summit Hill district council to look at transportation as a whole — biking, walking and transit.”

In the evening, Mayor Chris Coleman gave a statement regarding his proposal's demise. “I continue to believe proposing parking meters on Grand Avenue is a good idea,” Coleman said. “But clearly, I recognize that we need the support of the Ward’s current and future councilmember. And as Councilmember Dave Thune has withdrawn his support and all candidates for his open seat have expressed their opposition, we will not proceed with this proposal.”

Furthermore, Coleman asserted that the parking problem along Grand Avenue must be addressed in the future. The St. Paul mayor said he stands by his original plan for the reasons that it would “encourage transit use, free up parking spots outside of businesses, increase vitality and offer an important budgeting tool” for the city as a whole.